132 Skottie Young and Aaron Conley Launch Bully Wars

September 3, 2018

It’s a Back To School podcast special this Labor Day! Skottie Young and Aaron Conley launch Bully Wars published through Image Comics on September 5th

Spencer’s is off to his first day at Rottenville High. It’s old nemesis Rufus’ first day too, but he goes from middle school bully to being bullied!


Skottie and Aaron talk about the comic’s key players and the contributions made by the entire creative team.

Why did it take several years from concept to the book’s release?

Were Skottie and Aaron bullied in school?

How are kids different in middle school compared to high school in terms of their acceptance of “nerds” and “geeks” ?

Which comic book character is a bully? The answer my surprise you!

And which of my guests had a surprise birthday party and which talks about his huge vinyl collection?


Bully Wars



Skottie Young’s Website



Aaron Conley’s Instagram



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131 Chris Flick of Capes & Babes

August 30, 2018

Chris Flick, creator of the web comic strip Capes & Babes and member of the Web Comic Alliance podcast, joins the show to wrap up the summer of 2018! 

We discuss the moment Chris decided to “get serious” about becoming an artist for a living and how to brand oneself as a creator. 

We also talk about his web comic Capes & Babes and why it has a werewolf that hangs out at a strip mall comic shop.

How has Chris collected his Capes & Babes strips for comic conventions so that it is suitable for different target audiences?

Chris attends a lot of comic shows along the East Coast and has learned a thing or two about proper show preparation. 

What are some of the dos and don’ts about tabling at comic convention and what is the most common mistake made?

To close out the show: how I spent my summer beach vacation, particularly the comics I bought and read during the trip.


Chris Flicks’ Website



The Web Alliance Podcast



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130 Ed Piskor’s X-Men Grand Design

August 23, 2018

Ed Piskor has a Grand Design for Marvel’s X-Men: presenting their history from issue #1 through Chris Claremont’s classic run of the X-Men. 

Ed seamlessly weaves in later retcons throughout his comics and collects each two-issue run of his trilogy in a Treasury-Sized edition.

 Why does Ed hate the Marvel reprints of Jack Kirby’s X-Men work, yet reprinted X-Men #1 in the first Grand Design Treasury Edition?

How did he break into comics working with the great Harvey Pekar (American Splendor)?

Ed is also a big fan of hip-hop music and wrote about its history between 1975-1983 in Hip Hop Family Tree. It was his first attempt at presenting his work in a Treasury-Sized Edition.

Plus, the fun questions I ask guests to learn more about them, and we learn what was the best birthday Ed ever had!


X-Men Grand Design: Second Genesis



Hip Hop Family Tree



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129 Cullen Bunn and Mark Torres Find Cold Spots

August 16, 2018

Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Mark Torres join the show to talk about their new horror collaboration through Image Comics, Cold Spots.

The psychological terror is about Dan Kerr’s search for his missing estranged wife and the daughter and the supernatural terrors he faces along the way!

BE AMAZED at the of list Cullen’s output of comic work!

MARVEL as we talk about the MUSIC Mark both composed and played for Cold Spots

SHIVER IN FEAR as each creator describes his encounter with spirits from the beyond the grave!

Plus: Cullen answers I ask all my all my guest we didn’t get to last time and listen to Mark tackle them all! 

Bonus! I discuss with Webtoons Head Editor David Lee about the details of the Discover Creator Contest.  Listen for details!


Writer Cullen Bunn Interview

2:00 -22:39


Webtoon's Head Editor David Lee Interview



Artist Mark Torres Interview

34:58- 1:01


Cold Spots (Image Comics):



Cullen Bunn & Dennis Hopeless YouTube Show Missouri Swagger:



Webtoons’ Discover Creator Contest:



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128 Enter Bernie Gonzalez’s Midnight Mystery

August 13, 2018

Are you a fan of the Kolchak: Night Stalker TV series? Like to curl up with a good noir story? Appreciate an artistic style of Victor Santos or the legendary Darwyn Cooke? 

Then you will want to get on the ground floor of writer/artist Bernie Gonzalez’s supernatural suspense mini-series Midnight Mystery to be published in October through Alterna Comic in October. 

Bernie even created an old-time style radio program that can be heard on his podcast Fan2Fan.

What was it about Marvel’s Infinite Gauntlet #1 that really turned Bernie on to comics?

How did Darwyn Cooke and Alex Toth inspire Bernie’s art style and approach to making comics?

Is a work by one of these great illustrators Bernie’s island book?

Listen and learn, my friends!


Bernie’s Midnight Mystery Website:



Bernie’s Fan2Fan Podcast:



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127 Sean Lewis on the Next Chapter of Coyotes

August 9, 2018

Theatre Artistic Director and comic book author Sean Lewis discusses the return of Coyotes (Image Comics) with issue #5 on August 15th.

How did the story of the Trail of Tears, The Blond of Juarez and becoming a parent lead to Sean writing the series?

Which filmmakers whose style is woven into the action sequences of the story? 

Caitlyn Yarsky illustrates the series. Does Sean think her art has evolved since the books launched last year? How so?

We also discuss Sean’s other comics, Betrothed and Clankillers.

What other comic books does Sean have in the works with former The Few collaborator Hayden Sherman?


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Sean Lewis’ website:


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126 Evan Dorkin on Beast of Burden and Blackwood

August 2, 2018

Writer and cartoonist Evan Dorkin, the creator of Milk and Cheese, Dork, Beasts of Burden and Blackwood, joins the show! 

As a youth Evan preferred Marvel comics, any comics, to DC and explains why. (DC fans take heart; later Evan was a fan of DC and even did some work for the publisher.

How did Evan shift from humor to horror comics? Evan always went with the flow, and talks about regretting not having a plan and “brand” for himself in his first few decades in comics.

Now, Evan is focused on writing horror comics and talks about his latest projects through Dark Horse.

Evan tells how he met his wife, creator Sarah Dyer, their first date, and how it ended that evening buying a lava lamp.

Why Dark Horse never “bit” at Evan’s pitch for a super-hero comic (your host got the joke, yes, Evan went there ;-)

Plus Evan is stumped, only momentarily, by one of the fun questions I ask my guests!


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Evan Dorkin’s other work



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125 Dillon Gilbertson on Horror Comics Sweet Heart and The Cellar Calls My Name

July 26, 2018

My guest Dillon Gilbertson is the writer and co-creator of horror comic books.


Dillon has Type-1 diabetes and has created a horror comic, Sweet Heart, in which the deadly monsters within are exaggerated avatars of Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes.

Dillon has also contributed a short story to the Alterna annual anthology series, IF, titled The Cellar Calls My Name

We discuss Dillon’s favorite writer H.G. Wells and the comics and movies based on The Time Machine, our mutual admiration of Scooby-Do and much more!


To learn more about the Sweet Heart Kickstarter:



Sweet Heart Issue 1 Preview:



Altera’s Anthology series IF:



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124 Andrew Maxwell on Rum Row, Aldous Spark & Lazlo Cale

July 19, 2018

Writer Andrew Maxwell shares the success of his past two Kickstarter series: Rum Row, a Prohibition Era themed aerial crime adventure; the other Aldous Spark, Meddler in History and Other Unsavory Tales.

Plus, Andrew announces a new Kickstarter for a very different series the Bawdy Tales of Lazlo Cale. It is about what happens when an art dealer is tasked to find a gangster’s stolen painting in a city of interdimensional time travel.

We talk about the benefits of promoting project through Kickstarter for both newbies to the biz and veteran creators, and later get into the pleasures of being surrounded by craft beer breweries! Cheers!

The Bawdy Tales of Lazlo Cale Kickstarter:


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123 Al Ewing Discusses Writing The Immortal Hulk

July 12, 2018

Tired of crossovers interrupting your favorite title and fill-in issues that "don’t matter"? 

So is writer Al Ewing. He explains why neither of these will happen as long he is the writer of The Immortal Hulk!

We begin talking about Al’s first encounter with the Hulk in comics, and how his take on the character harkens back to key character elements contained in the very issue of the Hulk (1962) by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Al explains why his The Immortal Hulk is a horror comic, the reason for Immortal the title, and a sneak peak at what lies ahead for The Hulk.


The Immortal Hulk #1 digital edition


Al Ewing’s Tumblr “Whay Is Happening??? Arrgh” featureing classic Hulk comic book panels:



Youth LGBTQ Crisis and Suicide Prevention Hotline mentioned during the show




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